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RN Residency Program Earns Accreditation from American Nurses Credentialing Center

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The RN Residency Program at CHI Memorial, Chattanooga, TN, received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It is the only ANCC accredited program in Tennessee.

ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation validates hospital residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) into new practice settings that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence. “We are proud that our RN Residency Program is recognized by ANCC as one of the highest-quality transition programs for nurses,” said Rhonda Poulson, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for CHI Memorial.

The RN Residency Program at CHI Memorial is for RNs with less than six months of experience in the acute care setting. Its goal is to give participants the support they need to start a successful nursing career. The program begins with an intense period of onboarding education mixed with bedside experiences in multiple nursing units.

After onboarding, RN residents are matched to a home unit to continue and complete their orientation with a preceptor. The program continues to support the new nurse through monthly continuing education classes, one-on-one mentoring, and guidance for beginning a professional development portfolio. To date, 285 RNs have completed the residency program.